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* CID records statements from Bathiudeen’s wife, Opposition Leader
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 09:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 16, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) which is looking to arrest parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen, has recorded a statement from the wife of former Minister last night at his residence on Bauddhaloka Mawatha in Colombo.

The statement was recorded in connection with an investigation into the alleged misappropriation of public funds by the former minister by using 221 Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) buses to transport internally displaced voters from Puttalam to Mannar on the day of the Presidential election on 16 November 2019.

The CID has arrested Alagaratnam Manoranjan, Accountant of the IDP Resettlement Project, in connection with the incident and is seeking to arrest former minister Rishad Bathiudeen and Project Director Sammudin Mohamed.

Meanwhile, the CID recorded a statement from the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa today on an order of the Attorney General regarding a telephone conversation between the Leader of the Opposition and MP Bathiudeen after the order was issued to arrest him.

It is reported that statements have been recorded from the Leader of the Opposition for about an hour and a half

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal has fixed October 20 for consideration of the writ petition filed by former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen seeking an interim injunction preventing his arrest.

The petition will be heard before a panel of judges comprising Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Sohitha Rajakaruna.

Meanwhile, a counter petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal requesting the dismissal of the writ petition filed by Riyaj Bathiudeen, the brother of Ex-Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, seeking an injunction preventing his re-arrest by the CID.

The counter petition was filed on behalf of Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith by Father Lawrence Ramanayake, Director of Sethsarana.

The Court of Appeal today directed that the writ petition filed by Riya Bathiudeen seeking a restraining order against his re-arrest in connection with the Easter Sunday attack be summoned on the 20th October. The petition was taken up before a bench comprising Justices Mahinda Samayawardena and Arjuna Obeysekera.

 

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